All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer

All the Ways We Kill and Die An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade and the Hunt for His Killer The search for a friend s killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changed The EOD explosive ordnance disposal community is tight knit and when one of their own is hurt an alarm goes out When

  • Title: All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer
  • Author: Brian Castner
  • ISBN: 9781628726541
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The search for a friend s killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changed.The EOD explosive ordnance disposal community is tight knit, and when one of their own is hurt, an alarm goes out When Brian Castner, an Iraq War vet, learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, he goes to console Matt s widow, but he also begins a peThe search for a friend s killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changed.The EOD explosive ordnance disposal community is tight knit, and when one of their own is hurt, an alarm goes out When Brian Castner, an Iraq War vet, learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, he goes to console Matt s widow, but he also begins a personal investigation Is the bomb maker who killed Matt the same man American forces have been hunting since Iraq, known as the Engineer In this nonfiction thriller Castner takes us inside the manhunt for this elusive figure, meeting maimed survivors, interviewing the forensics teams who gather post blast evidence, the wonks who collect intelligence, the drone pilots and contractors tasked to kill His investigation reveals how warfare has changed since Iraq, becoming individualized even as it has become hi tech, with our drones, bomb disposal robots, and CSI like techniques As we use technology to identify, locate, and take out the planners and bomb makers, the chilling lesson is that the hunters are also being hunted, and the other side from Al Qaeda to ISIS has been selecting its own high value targets.Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs Our list includes biographies on well known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O J Simpson We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first hand tales of adventure, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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    • Brian Castner

      Brian Castner is a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer and veteran of the Iraq War He is the author of the best selling All the Ways We Kill and Die and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was named an Best Book of 2012 and adapted into an opera by the American Lyric Theater in New York His writing has appeared at The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, Wired, Outside, The Daily Beast, and on National Public Radio His newest project is The Road Ahead, a co edited anthology of short stories from veteran writers.

    273 thoughts on “All the Ways We Kill and Die: An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade, and the Hunt for His Killer

    • This book was welcome relief after being underwhelmed by "Billy Lynne's Long Halftime Walk". The title of this book alone grabs your attention. This book is along the lines of "The Things They Carried". It starts out with the death of Castner's EOD comrade in Afghanistan. You go inside a military funeral which was very heart wrenching. Also the horrors of IED warfare are on display in this book. Castner vividly conveys this to the reader. You also follow wounded EOD warriors on their long road t [...]


    • Brian Castner is a veteran of the Iraq war, a former EOD officer turned writer, who is able to tell stories in a way that will greatly expand your knowledge and understanding of war, will deepen your appreciation for the nuances of military culture, and will tear your heart to pieces. All the Ways We Kill and Die seeks to find the man behind Castner’s friend/EOD brother’s death by taking the reader on a multilayered journey into modern warfare. It isn’t a dry, science heavy account. There [...]


    • I am not normally a fan of books written by soldiers about their time in battle, because the writing tends to be very dry and bland. Brian Castner's book caight my eye because the main plot was more anout finding a terrorist killer, than a recitation of battles fought.This story focused on Matthew Schwartz, an EOD tech who was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) that exploded under his truck. The author gives us a background of Matthew Schwartz's life - he was a soldier, a husband, a [...]


    • Brian Castner came out of the military with a new profession, that of writer. But his military background has stayed with him, part of his bone and blood and soul. This book traces his hunt for the "why and how" behind the death of a friend and [military] brother from an IED. I would not do justice to the book if I tried to summarize it, but if you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan or you know someone who did, or if you have followed our military and our wars over the past 20 years, you will find thi [...]


    • A very intense book, highly recommended, an excellent way to learn about and appreciate our people serving in the military.


    • There are a couple of things I'm bringing to this book that I need to say up front. About once a year someone hands me off a "revolution in warfare via the addition of more trons" book and I get about 25 pages into hearing about how reality is morphing into science fiction before it takes that one-way ride over to the 1/2-price book store. I also need to juxtapose that with the facts that I've gone downrange with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD; though not my career field, I consider them battl [...]


    • How many people does it take to design the perfect IED? In All the Ways We Kill and Die, Brian Castner, combat veteran and former explosive ordinance disposal officer, posits an answer. Maybe it only takes one, a single shadowy figure who he calls the Engineer. And after Castner’s best friend and fellow EOD member is killed in Afghanistan in an attack that appears deliberately aimed at the EOD team, he sets out on the Engineer’s trail. Because it’s not enough to kill the person who set off [...]


    • ALL THE WAYS WE KILL AND DIE is a hard book to classify: part elegy, part war memoir, part investigative journalism, part technological treatise on how modern war differs from those past, and how it doesn't. Perhaps the hybrid nature of the work explains why it did not garner a wider readership upon first publication, or it could be that most Americans are simply no longer very interested in taking a deep dive into the wars being fought in their name. Regardless, I highly recommend this book. It [...]


    • I’ve never served, but best-selling author, Brian Castner‘s portrayal of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) brotherhood in his latest book, All the Ways We Kill and Die makes me appreciate their service all the more. Castner writes a remarkable tribute to his friend and fellow EOD technician, Matthew Swartz, after he was killed on his sixth tour in Afghanistan. This book details Castner’s quest to determine who killed his friend. His theory is a man he calls “the Engineer” – the [...]


    • "Some people are worth killing more than others." It's interesting, how we're taught that war is dehumanizing and impersonal, and maybe that was once the case, but Brian Castner presents a convincing picture that this is no longer true. War is personal. It is targeted. There are hit lists and biometrics tracking devices and it's all planned. Not only is this book an appropriate elegy to Matt Schwartz, it's a fascinating and informative look at this new type of war. Anyone who wants to know how t [...]


    • I had the good fortune to make it to a release party of this book on March 1st, where Mr. Castner did some selected readings from it. During the question portion of the evening, Mr. Castner resisted the label of journalist, noting that reporters can get all of the facts right, but not get to the truth.This book is tangible evidence of that struggle. The act of writing it, the book itself, and the subject matter therein are parts that Mr. Castner successfully assembles and disassembles again and [...]


    • The EOD - explosive ordinance disposal - brotherhood has suffered many casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Brian Castner, in his second book, focuses on the hunt for the man behind the design and manufacturing of the devices that kill and maim so many of our soldiers, The Engineer. A powerful read that examines the tactics and technology used by the military to go "Left of Boom," the U.S. military's effort to disrupt insurgent cells before they can build and plant bombs.


    • A deeply moving book. It moves on several levels. There is the human dimension and the technical dimension. The technical can kill and maim, and does, but a deeper story of love and camaraderie also proves that our humanity can and often endures. For me an important lesson is this: if war makes me cynical, it has won the battle for my heart. That cynicism too must be disarmed.


    • Powerful book, not an easy read, about war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reminds me of the movie "Taking Chance" which is also very powerful but not easy.


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